A Garda sergeant was recovering from minor injuries today after coming under fire during a routine call-out.
The officer was speaking with a homeowner about damage to their house in Clondalkin, west Dublin, when a shot was fired into the hallway where he was standing with two colleagues.
Although it missed him, he received cuts from shards of glass from a window that shattered as the bullet entered through the front door of the house at Greenfort Close.
It is believed the gunman was actually targeting the next door neighbour’s house in an early morning attack, at around 1.15am, but misfired once into the house where the gardai were.
“This person didn’t know the Garda was there,” said a source.
As part of their inquiries, detectives are trying to determine who was being targeted in the next door neighbour’s house, which was empty at the time.
One eye-witness told investigators a youth was seen running away from the scene shortly after the gun attack.
Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy condemned the incident.
“I want to condemn this deplorable attack which put the lives of gardai and members of the public at risk,” he said.
“I have directed that the local gardai in Ronanstown who are investigating the incident receive whatever assistance and support their require from national units in order to bring those responsible to justice.”